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i do not want to die. another whistleblower bites the dust after breaking into a spying database run by a us government contract. should have probably sent him a paycheck and sort of sending him to prison for the next ten years we report on the story of jeremy hammond allegedly used by the f.b.i. as part of a private army of unpunished. also alarming figures in japan's radiation hot spot. this is close to the average level of the. zone only would want to accept the place where i'm at right now more than ten thousand people are currently living. polity also travels to the exclusion zone in fukushima which the government is trying to make. a promise that some see as
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hopelessly unrealistic plus. the. cost of america's drone warfare. and the insider threat security chiefs warn more and more europeans are joining the rebel campaign in syria and returning home. broadcasting twenty four seven live from moscow you with take. now a cyber activist behind a massive expose day on a u.s. private intelligence firm that spied for the government has been sentenced to ten years behind bars the case though was anything but clear cut and is being described
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as a warning shot to whistleblowers artes and to see it you're going to reports from the courthouse. after two hour hearing in a packed courtroom in the federal courthouse in lower manhattan twenty eight year old activist and hacker jeremy hammond was sentenced to one hundred twenty months behind bars he's going to spend the next decade in jail in march twenty twelve hammond was arrested for breaking into two hundred gigabytes of five million e-mails of information of private security firms stratfor and leaking this information to transparency organization we q leaks in these e-mails it was revealed that the private security firm was spying on human rights activists upon the request of corporation and the u.s. government earlier hamad had pled guilty to one count of the computer abuse and fraud act this was a classic case of whistle blowing where. criminal activity by a private corporation on behalf of both corporations and the government was exposed
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the government and the judge felt that the idea of causing mayhem or causing destruction was incompatible with that jeremy's stated political goals and. we disagree with that and some of hammon supporters have dubbed him the robin hood of our times the defense team inside the courtroom argued that he fought for the better good trying to bring about real change to the system and shed more light on what the u.s. government was doing the prosecution however said that he stole the numbers of sixty thousand credit cards causing a damage of one to two point five million dollars to businesses and individuals if people who have influence and people whom here do not stand up and defend people like jeremy the judge said that he is not. a dell or dr king i was a civil rights activist germy is every much as a progressive human this as the spirit of those leaders as we said in the difference is motivated by his political beliefs his desire for transparency and
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his desire to highlight what's wrong with the private security industry and with government surveillance a total of two hundred sixty. five letters from journalist activists human and constitutional rights groups were sent to the judge asking for jeremy hammond to be released also thirty six prominent freedom of information activists sent their requests to the courthouse however the huge public support for jeremy hammond did not affect the judge's decision if we don't have jeremy hammond since we don't have edward snowden's if we don't have chelsea manning. we don't have a free press this sometimes comes on the heels of the n.s.a. scandal continuing the debate on what should and should not be kept secret in the u.s. and for how long the unprecedented war on whistleblowers will continue as well as the war on freedom of information and artsy new york intriguingly he was ensnared by the f.b.i. which persuaded one of homines colleagues to become an informant independent
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journalist david seaman tells us the seems to have been pushed every step of the way he was approached by an f.b.i. informant f.b.i. informant is apparently the one who quote unquote cheer lead jeremy into hacking into this organization this f.b.i. informant also allegedly gave them a list of other targets that jeremy should go after and which he did not go after and when c. once he received the information he apparently downloaded it to an f.b.i. controlled server at the request of this f.b.i. informant so if this was basically an f.b.i. operation they should have probably sent him a paycheck and sort of sending him to prison for the next ten years what he leet revealed a degree of wrongdoing that's in the public interest to know about so i was totally shocked that they went with the full ten years the maximum possible that's an outrage this judge represents everything wrong with the american justice system today we shouldn't be silencing guys like jeremy hamad we should be giving them jobs i mean he's an innovator and granted he hacked into something but at the
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behest of the government. meanwhile america's spying activities are sowing doubts among european partners in a few minutes we hear from a former austrian chancellor about how transatlantic relations have been damaged by revelations of america's snooping on its friends. plus the syrian government receives a road map for the elimination of its chemical arsenal but finding the destruction site is proving an ominous task. now in japan a group of government officials has decided to come clean and admit that residents of fukushima may never return to their homes they say that radiation levels there cannot be brought back to normal any time soon and are urging their leadership to abandon its promise to make the area fit filling in but only a handful of those residents actually want to go back more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami crippled daiichi nuclear power plant and here is one of the
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main reasons for that ideally the radiation level should be just one yet per year since this is an unreachable target for japan the government reportedly hopes to ensure people aren't exposed to doses of more than twenty times that however in some of the worst affected areas geiger counters show measurements of around fifty times the recommended level and that's half way to cancer causing levels artie's alexia share of he brings us this report from the exclusion zone. it's hard to say what gives you a creepier feeling the trail of destruction left by the twenty eleven tsunami all the houses untouched by natural disaster but abandoned after the nuclear accident walking through the deserted streets of the fukushima exclusion zone we can see plenty of both technically we're now well within the goes on we're just ten kilometers from the nuclear power station these houses ravaged by the tsunami in twenty eleven still stand here nowhere near to being restored you'd be surprised to
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learn that radiation levels here are in fact lower than in some of the european cities and this prompted the decision by the japanese government to allow the people to return to their homes. but scientists say that's suicidal because radiation migrates and because it exists in hot spots scattered all across the area . in the hot spots there is a huge amount of the radioactive material it's concentrated stored it is almost impossible to find out all the hotspots. we actually stumbled upon this process radiated material from personal belongings to contaminated soil is put in plastic bags and buried the radiation meter when even from a considerable distance imagine our surprise when we found similar levels in an area which had never been included in the no go zone. i've traveled through the church noble exclusion zone more than a dozen times and this was probably the scariest episode when we put
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a radiation meter on the ground on a layer of moss and it produced more than eight hundred micro wrong hands per hour that is forty times more than the normal human radiation level here sixty kilometers took a shit when you clear parkland the readings are certainly less than that this is close to the average level of the goes down in the shallow zone only with one exception the place where i'm at right now more than ten thousand people are currently living. mrs morey's ono is one of them she bought a radiation meter and now patrols the area looking for hot spots we had after school classes for children at our house but had to close it because of high radiation. in her short life this girl has already got used to seeing a lot of radiation meters just like mrs her mother joined an ngo group of ordinary women united by fear for the future of their children and distrust of the government's actions. we're sending our data to government and tepco officials
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every day and we get no reply i don't see any action from them as if they're trying to play down the scale of things meanwhile our children are. it is suffering from fire road issue is. the voice of dissent is now intensifying despite assurances from tepco a spent nuclear fuel rods are removed from reactor four at fukushima dai ichi. we have it under control it's a challenging process but we have the equipment to perform it anti-nuclear protesters in tokyo say no one should be allowed back into the fukushima area until it's completely safe which in truth may not happen for centuries their peak it has just served eight hundred days and they will stay longer they say to force their government into rethinking its nuclear policies. reporting from japan. he's been roundly embarrassed for drink driving drug taking and rude comments and now toronto's embattled mayor has been stripped of some of his powers
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by the city council you can get the details on the latest twist in his roller coaster ride at r.t. dot com also want to website open sesame the u.n. signals it's going to give russia exclusive rights to vast swathes of its disputed season find out more about the resource rich area that has been labeled and aladdin's cave by one politician. the global chemical weapons watchdog has outlined an ambitious timetable for the destruction of syria's chemical weapons the end of june twenty fourth scene has been set as the deadline for damascus to get rid of its entire stockpile but the main components will cease to exist by the end of the year but while the organization remains positive about the results achieved so far there are plenty of obstacles ahead heavy fighting in syria is putting the international team of chemical weapons experts there in severe danger and it's still not clear where the stockpiles will be destroyed with albania
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vehemently rejecting requests to be the host site and norway saying it will help but only with transportation political analyst chris bambery says finding a willing partner will not be easy i want to find incredible words that the norwegian merchant ship company by a norwegian naval vessel which is going to syria to pick up these weapons which is mustard gas and siren and bring them to albania the norwegians say they don't have the expertise mobility to dismantle the chemical weapons i would ask you if the richest one of the richest countries in europe don't have the expertise and knowledge to do this how do you expect the poorest country in europe to do this kind of smacks of a colonial mentality that somehow we're going to dump of these things and being here we're not going to bring them to britain why don't you choose a country such as the expertise for instance in britain that is the aldermaston chemical weapon. facility i would trust that to dismantle those weapons but there was high levels of expertise and also albania must be one of the least stable
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countries in europe this is not to attack the al billion people but there are billions the holder of mormon history no it's not very stable there's a problem of organized crime there and i think it's a very strange decision to say we're going to these deadly weapons and put them in a country which were security must be an issue and this chemical weapons in syria are being sought out and destroyed by chiefs in europe have warned of a rapid rise in citizens going out there to buy candy terrorism analysts say one in ten of all foreign fighters come from the continent and there's a huge top intelligence official has warned that they pose a serious threat to their home countries if they make it back from the fighting. i am french to french parents my parents are atheist and do not subscribe to any religion. who guided me. knuckles themselves. having found islam on the internet in two thousand and nine in this video he's
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urging muslims to join the fight in syria his younger brother joined the neo was persuaded to join up too but he was later killed in aleppo. it will save your soul from hell fire. and this is just one of many such videos online of young europeans calling their peers to arms french and western intelligence services have intensified their warnings and europeans heading to syria to fight nowadays they notice not all the extra rise in the number of individuals heading over there but also in the kind of people who are joining the fight they say that more and more they are more committed to the struggle and upon their return to europe there's still no clear cut way to deal radicalize these individuals for the french the memory of the terror attack by frenchman mom i'm robert killed the seven people is still fresh fears of a repeat one radicalized young men returned to france most of those people native
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french people travel to again to stand in pakistan and poverty to their. places of warfare judie welfare and he was not cote there was a huge debate here. not to arrest him. on the grounds that he had been fighting again against training. in the summer germany's interior minister suggested a temporary ban on fighters returning home to belgium on the other hand had been working with turkish authorities to bring their nationals back by western europe have already been made. there still isn't a one size fits all solution in the detail. or could there be the difficulty for me. determining who's a potential threat and who isn't this are still there are to. a scene of
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brutality that libya i haven't seen in months coming up a militia group goes on my deadly shooting spree lashing out to protest this despite the government's desperate attempts to make rival groups. plus the trial of devastation left by america's drones in yemen and pakistan germany to reconsider plans to develop its own private graham we've got the stories coming up after a short break. meanwhile in vietnam. the former general director of agra bank financial faces the death penalty for embezzling five hundred thirty three billion. that's about twenty five billion dollars. and how also this week a former u.s. senator is a confessed to complaining or committing some horrific deadly money printing since
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many more dongs than five hundred thirty billion were embezzled from the american people according to andrew hoods are good men to do a gruesome bond buying spree that had financially butchered main street america their bloated carcasses fed to the gluttonous changers and the writ of devils on wall street i'm sorry said the report of quantitative easing. pick your country iraq afghanistan libya saudi arabia israel egypt syria turkey and even though we're in each washington finds itself either the odd man out leaving alone or leading from behind you know muddled path is the us simply out of touch or is history in the region merely being on. welcome back makeshift drones and tombstones a way of saying no to america's unmanned killing machines protesters have converged outside the white house claiming that the collateral damage from this anti terror
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tactic is too high the procession light headed towards the offices of the general atomics the manufacturer of the unmanned craft used in strikes and it's estimated that roughly one in ten people killed by u.s. drones in yemen and pakistan. a group of yemeni some lost family members in such an attack came to washington seeking answers to these drone strikes victims plan on meeting with lawmakers over the coming days their message to them is clear to put an end to the drone can. they are asking also asking for the memos that justify the drone program to be released for those documents to be made public and for the break down words to get our station we've heard from a young man that says his brother in law and now if you work killed by u.s. drone strikes and we saw our loved ones who were enjoying the wedding last knowledge getting cut to pieces by these missiles he says there is
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a brother in law was a very outspoken critic of al qaeda and dot if you were to be held that it would actually be used by a terrorist a member of al qaeda but as we hear it turned out very differently here at the white house. or to many has the purchase of military drones over legal and ethical concerns lawmakers have condemned drone strikes is illegal killings and recently chancellor merkel was criticized by human rights groups for apparently backing u.s. drone attacks in pakistan but a german am paid believes the country's government actually has no intention of giving up on drone warfare. i think it's working in that way that they are want to be committed in more war more military interventions and this is a really big scandal because it's going to be more killings more people will die with this combat drones and in fact they are or they want to fight
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siding the u.s. with this military operations as we saw it in the last three years for example the social democrats they wanted actually that germany will be involved in two of the now two one being against libya but conservatives they were against it now it's a different situation they want to be committed in more wars and more military operations that's what i can see from this agreement in other news a protest in libya has escalated into an armed confrontation with at least two people killed a militia group opened fire to just cried rallying outside his headquarters demonstrators then returned with guns and fall back. thank you. this is footage of the chaos that erupted on the streets the worst violence the country has seen in months rival militias have been fighting
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a turf war since they helped form a leader moammar gadhafi with the prime minister struggling to make them lay down their weapons defense consultant thinks armed groups of strong for the government right now. the only person who could have kept the nation united was the revolutionary mama gaddafi so yes the western forces and nato nations members say they saw this coming and they knew there would be chaos in the country because there are so many different factions and they can't seem to succeed for their result to murdering each other remember. the proceeds from all the natural resources all oil in particular then there's golf there's also uranium in the south and there's the water probably the largest reserves underground freshwater in the world is in libya so there are all sorts of militias coming from different towns and trying to take control of tripoli but that's obviously leads to
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clashes and murder of civilians in tripoli the condition. absolutely right for nato to intervene with boots on the ground. it's just gone twenty past ten here in moscow let's have a quick look now at some other news at least ten people have been killed and eighty injured in sectarian clashes in the pakistani city of rawalpindi according to witnesses the fighting started after students of a sunni seminary shouted insults at a passing shia religious procession several of the students were then dragged out onto the street and beaten to death violence escalated from there and several buildings were set on fire the army had to intervene to quell the. italian students have clashed with police during an anti sterrett in march in the city of turin around two hundred protesters wave flags and burned flares before attacking riot police the march was a part of nationwide demonstrations against fourteen billion euros worth of
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spending cuts the measures are taking effect in twenty fourteen and arrange it complying with the budget deficit. a long running british investigation into the lead up into the iraq war is being blocked by washington it has emerged the white house is fiercely resisting the publication of secret communications between the then prime minister tony blair and president george w. bush in fact an anonymous u.s. source is even said it's not a british derogative to publish anything relating to an american leader that all put investigators in a tight spot called between unyielding bureaucrats and the public hungry for the truth antiwar activists in june says governments have no right to sweep history under the carpet. there's likely to be no outcome anytime soon and that really seems to me a cover up both of the people who support tony blair and of george bush it makes you wonder exactly what is in these conversations between bush and blair the must
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be quite a lot to hard for them going to be so worried about being released people want to know what did tony blair and george bush agree our world lead. the war what were the conditions of it because nearly two hundred british soldiers died during the iraq war would have been hundreds of thousands of iraqis who have died there were millions of people who demonstrated all of these people have the right to know and it is absolutely shameful that our government and the united states government are trying to prevent them from knowing now the u.k. isn't the only european nation having to do some soul searching on its partnership with the us to find out what exactly is clouding transatlantic alliances artie's peter oliver spoke to a prominent austrian politician. public relationship between the european union and the united states seems to have hit something of a rocky patch of late and that's why i've come here to vienna to meet with a former european leader gave his opinion on the current situation. and
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sure so was the chancellor of austria between two thousand and two thousand and seven he remains very involved in both international and european affairs dr hughes thank you very much for talking to us just how damaging has the n.s.a. spying scandal being for you u.s. relations it effected the public perception more than in the perceptions among politicians everybody who's a professional politician knows that all countries are looking around for information the formation is different that the currency in the political area arena but the public perception was completely different because of the public perception is in germany is america is our friend and you should never spy on your friend like what good america does skeet guy to me this
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cannot happen and should not happen is it possible or even healthy for an idea of american exceptionalism to exist in the modern age i don't think that someone is exceptional that of course some think they are exceptional but they are not everybody is exceptional or we are equals we are brothers and sisters and you can be larger or you can be more powerful economic alou militarily but. we are no longer. on the notion we are on the same ship and we have to steer the same ship we have to find common rules we have to find the cause for the future this is the important thing and exceptionalism this is a rather dangerous thing. it lived out dated by the way to concept of benign can century and in the twenty first century i think we are equals to better she's thank you very much absolute pleasure to speak to me that was me peter all of us speaking
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to form austrian chancellor dr wolfgang schuessler here in vienna on r.t. and i'll be back in about half an hour's time with more news for you in the meantime will be here to keep you company with the ninety's at the side of breaking this. president obama despite being king liberal loves to flatter the troops he loves their courage selflessness and teamwork as he said in his state of the union address but he doesn't love are there expensive injuries which the troops are going to have to pay three times more for according to yahoo news the president's administration wants to force military retirees to get out of tri-care their current plan added to obamacare the plan calls for them to raise premiums from up to ninety to three hundred forty five percent within five years one example provided by the free beacon estimates that a retired army colonel with a family currently paid four hundred sixty dollars
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a year for health care would have to pay around two thousand dollars make you pay even more for your war injuries apparently that's what obama's actually planning while he is reading those lovely speeches off of teleprompters people who are against the post nine eleven war against who knows what are often told that they don't support the troops well to the people who say bring the troops home never advocate tripling their health care premiums no they don't all of the chicken hawks who send the troops off to die in questionable wars are the ones who want to make them pay even more for their injuries but that's just my opinion.
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what's going on guys i'm happy martin and this is breaking the set so here's some interesting news coming out of ten downing street the british prime minister david cameron is taking heavy criticism of the purging of a decade's worth of speeches and videos from the conservative party's websites that's right i think there's a wave of historical revisionism sweeping cameron's government after all it's hard to prove that you haven't lived up to any of your initial promises if they're completely expunged from the public record now of course party members are defending the move saying that purging the content is a campaign strategy aimed at replacing old messages with new ones but cameron's former speechwriter in burrell disagrees that this is just a campaign strategy that quote the use of sophisticated software to ensure search engines do not stumble upon these archives slightly just slightly undermines this claim is that as it turns out the party went as far as instructing websites such as an internet archive and google to fully remove deleted pages from their databases.
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